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I never paid much attention to community colleges.

I was lucky enough to know what I wanted to do and get into a four year state university with a couple of scholarships in hand.

I now realize how valuable those community colleges are.

They continue to evolve as part of the front line in battling back against this recession and burgeoning unemployment.

Their enrollments continue to grow while budgets continue to shrink.

Young students look for low cost options to continuing their education while older students retrain themselves for a new career.

We have plenty of options here in our part of the state with Cape Fear, Brunswick, Southeastern, and Bladen Community Colleges.

And just this week, Cape Fear unveiled a new “Fast Track” evening program.

It starts next month.

CFCC is compressing into just two years what usually takes working adults five or more years to complete.

Students can earn a two-year degree program in general studies, business administration, or criminal justice.

As a father already holding paying back one formidable college loan, I find this math particularly impressive:

Based on current tuition and fee rates, North Carolina residents can enroll full-time in this program for approximately $664 per semester and earn a complete associate’s degree for a total of $3,579, or less, if the student qualifies for financial assistance.

Weathering this recession calls for agility… be it government, business, or employees.

Equally agile community colleges can help make a real difference.

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videoI never paid much attention to community colleges.

I was lucky enough to know what I wanted to do and get into a four year state university with a couple of scholarships in hand.

I now realize how valuable those community colleges are.

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